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blue11265

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  1. I remember Rav from the 1979 era, I used to go and look through the windows at the scooters, he always had a couple for sale. There's a painting that Pete McKee did and that's based on Ravs shop. I took a vespa down for MOT in about 2000 he stripped the front brakes and fitted new shoes, he charged me next to nothing. He also told me that the bin men always fetched him old lambrettas in the mid 70s that had been left as rubbish and he used to give them a tenner for each one. Worth a lot more now.
  2. Did anyone else see the panda car chasing a white Mercedes coupe on Thursday evening about 8pm. I was driving from Brooke Hill roundabout towards The Star and Garter pub. The cars passed at high speed towards the round about then the Mercedes spun round damaging vehicles and returned up past me. It then turned down the side of the pub towards Netherthorpe. My ticker was going like a budgies. Very dangerous driving.
  3. Hi just watched some YouTube clips of this man. Really successful Sheffieder now living in LA in the USA. I've searched and can't find anything relating to his time in Sheffield does anyone know/remember him. If you're into cars watch his short films.
  4. Does hario still own the former Middlewood Tavern. This was going to reopen as a wine bar at one time. Lovely building sat idle.
  5. i was in the new beer Garden at Rawson Spring pub and was watching numerous fish attempting to jump up the weir, I know that salmon do this but surely these won't be salmon. Can anyone tell what types of fish these could be and also will they eventually make it up the weir ? The furthest I saw them get was about one third of the way up. Any info would be appreciated.
  6. Thanks for the updates elenac, I was also messenger lad at Masbro for a short time and new most of the signallers at Meadow Hall, Tinsley west and east, Iccles, Rotherham main and Rotherham road.
  7. Retired !! They were young men when I worked with them. Another couple of names of signalmen at the time were Tommy Guinett ( not sure of the spelling, sorry ) he came from The Wath area when those boxes closed , Alan Hadfield who went on to work at Sheffield PSB and the other two district inspectors were Alan Bradley or possibly Bradbury and Pete Piggy Milner, what a character he was.
  8. Hi Stewpot, I was a TR lad at Woodhouse Jn in 1981-82 a little later than your enquiry. The head quarters for Sheffield Area was Tinsley Marshalling Yard and I had to get there on my first day for 09:00. I caught the 24 bus from High Street to Brinsworth, but unfortunately got on one that terminated at Tinsley Highgate ( Pike and Herron) I had to walk the rest of the way and arrived at 09:40 !! No one battered an eyelid. Eventually I was taken over to Woodhouse in a van by a District Signalling Inspector called Ken Darnell. Mr Darnell was a really nice bloke and on arrival at the box after introductions he sat and drank a cup of tea and had a puff on his pipe. Once Mr Darnell had left the first thing the Signalman said was " this box will be shut in 18 months" I thought great, redundant before I've even started. The signallers at the time were Alf Antcliff (another nice man the lived in Beighton) I think. Alf retired whilst I was working at the box. Other names that spring to mind were mainly relief signalman, Ralph Smith , best bloke ever, John Marsh (swampy)' Mick Ryalls, Nick Daley, Edwin Nether, Trevor Tuxford and Nogel Bottom. I have happy memories of this place and could write a book, and pleased to see that the box is still operational, for how much longer I don't know. I still work on the railways and enjoy my job and am pleased that my oldest son has also recently started with us. I'm sorry the dates don't fit with your original request but some of the old timers may have been around in your day, Thanks Blue
  9. I was in there too last night, a really great place. This is a pub that I never thought would open again, just goes to show what vision and cash can do. I wish it every success. Also the staff are a credit, one barman followed me to my table with the drinks that I couldn't carry, simple, but great customer service. One more thing, all those lovely european lagers, at this rate I'll be a conniosseur
  10. Hi I heard rumours that there's a Northern Soul do on tonight at the Niagra in Wadsley Bridge. can anyone confirm ? Looked on their website but no info Any help would be appreciated Thanks Blue
  11. I was told last week that Hario was opening it up as a wine bar type establishment. Good luck to him, I hope it does well, there are plenty of people living in the catchment area. Mines a pint of Blue Nun please barman
  12. I suppose I set myself up for that lot. Gunna keep my thoughts to miself in future
  13. Texas, The line speed through Checker House is 60 mph. I dont think that it would have been any higher than that all those years ago.
  14. This may sound abit bizarre but can anyone else remember the personal messages left in the star newspaper, must be twenty years ago or more. Usually one liners, and I cant even remember the names (possibly initials used). They went on for years, possibly a forbbiden love affair. I know, I need to get out more often. Just let me know I'm not goin mad :-)
  15. http://www.signalboxes.com/chequerhouse.php Funnily enough I found this the other night. Great site by the way.
  16. Boyfriday Glad to see my post is still alive after all these years !! I remember the motorboat captain, a slim fella with white captains hat on and usually a park drive fag stuck out of the corner of his mouth. I have a picture somewhere of me, my dad and younger brother in one of the wooden style rowing boats, was taken around 1974. Will try and find it and post. Cheers Blue
  17. Dore Station has limited train timetable stopping there. A couple of express services call there in a morning and again at tea time on that way back. The stopping trains (two hourly service) stop there but it's a 1 hour 20 min journey from Manchester. I live in North West Sheffield and used to drive over the snake to Glossop park for free and catch the train from there (every 20 mins). Hope this helps
  18. No, I sometimes go in to see my dad, he likes to go in there. Not been in for a while though.
  19. Hi Chocki I,ve had a few pints in there myself recently. Its like going back 40 years.
  20. This is a link to Sheffield history and a thread on there. You will probably have to register to see the pics but its free. Its a great site too. http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/index.php?showtopic=7795&st=0
  21. I seem to remeber the one nearest the road having a lovely garden looked after by an old man.
  22. They're fine thanks. I love Commonside and still get a special feeling whenever I'm there. I still go in the Hallamshire now and again for a pint. Hope you are well Do you ever hear from Pamela or Margaret ?
  23. It's shown as the Kings Arms on the photo, so it maybe had a name change at some point later.
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